Exerpt from a Simon Pegg Interview about the story and explosions and ****.
What you have to maintain with Star Trek is that it’s rooted somewhere in our universe. In humanity, [compared to Star Wars, which] is a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
The thing that makes that Star Wars more science fantasy is there’s a lot of special effects, a lot of fighting. Star Trek never could afford that, in a way. Which is why it had to concentrate on other aspects of production. We can do both now now. So I think it’s kind of finding a way of having that really fun, spectacular event cinema, but grounding it.
Because explosions don’t mean a damn thing if you don’t care about who’s involved in the explosions. You can see that most incredible fireworks on a cinema screen. But if you don’t fundamentally care about the people that are in jeopardy then they’re so unimpressive. You see that time and time again these days."
"I felt like now it was time to move away from the [Kirk-Spock] bromance thing and concentrate on the idea of the crew as a family living in a small space together, and what it means to all of them. I really love the dynamic between Bones and Spock, so that’s something we’ve kind of concentrated on a little bit with this one.
Kirk’s older than his dad was when he died. All that sort of psychological stuff is playing on him. Scotty’s just still Scotty."
The crew is 2 years into the 5 year mission...
"[The crew knows] that they’ve still got time to go. It’s more that they’re dealing with what would inevitably be the psychological impact of doing it. It’s not they’re, “Oh, I don’t want to do this anymore.” No one’s over it. It’s just that they’re doing their job. They’re going from adventure to adventure and it’s kind of tiring, and wondering what the end game of it all is.
The idea of the movie, the story in the film, is that what they encounter helps to clarify what their job is."